HUMLONG, WILLIAM HERVEY., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-839590, USAAF
William H. Humlong Jr. was born on 2 May 1924 in Dallas, Texas, to William Hervey Humlong (1894-1948) (KY) and Margaret (Lee) Humlong (1896-1981) (AL). Siblings were Mary Lee (Humlong) Hauer (1918-2006) and Margaret (Humlong) Morris (1922-2016). He graduated from Sam Angelo High School, San Angelo, Texas.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student in the Virginia Military Institute, resided at 843 Whittmore Rd, Wayne, Michigan, and described himself as 6’3”, 175 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. His remains were buried in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines (Block H, Row 13, Grave 109).
His father, born 14 December 1894, served in the USAAF Reserves, Colonel, during WWII. He died 2 April 1948 and is born in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas.